The Wanderer Paintings
Hardcover book in unique slipcase – Wood, acrylic, spray paint, pyrography
23,5 × 28,5 × 3,3 cm
Unique work in a series 25 variations, signed and numbered by the artist
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As a limited edition of her book The Wanderer Paintings , Nel Aerts made a special wooden slipcase for the sold out monograph. With acrylic, spray paint and pyrography she created a self portrait in her studio. While all slipcases have the same motive, due to the technique through which they were made, all of them are unqiue.
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Nel Aerts moves in a freely, intuitive way between different media as painting, drawing, collage, performance and sculpture. Since a few years she focuses more often on the portrait-genre, which she visualises on paper or on wooden panels, with careful attention to the different qualities of each material. As such, she is creating a large collection (family almost) of posing subjects caught between abstract patterns and hard-edged figuration. The figures she portraits refer to both popular culture and her direct, everyday surroundings.
The self-portraits are tragicomic in the sense of the contrasts they evoke. Alternately they are desperate or funny, extra- or introverted, thought- or playful carved from wood or originated as a collage, but they are always introspective and self-relativistic.